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Farm in Brookeville MD seeks two motivated self-starters
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2013, 08:14:15 AM »
The Farm at Our House Farm seeks two motivated self-starters to assist in
managing the production, marketing and sales of organic vegetables,
berries, eggs and shitake mushrooms on and off the farm. Members of the
farm management team play a critical role in leading and managing between
2-4 college interns, 4-8 Our House trainees, and up to 5 high school
volunteers in the summer. The Assistant Farm Managers report to the Farm
Manager and works in collaboration with the owners, and typically works at
least 40 hours per week. The position ends December 1st, 2014, with
potential to extend the contract.

The Farm at Our House is located in Brookeville, Maryland, 23 miles north
of Washington, DC. We grow certified organic fruits and vegetables on 4.5
acres owned by Our House, a residential job training center for young men
ages 16-21. The Farm at Our House offers a 26-week CSA, sells at three
local farmers markets and to local restaurants and grocers. While The Farm
at Our House and Our House Job Training Center are distinct entities, we
work in partnership to achieve mutually supportive goals. We also
collaborate with other farmers who have recently started to make use of the
140-acre Our House property. 2014 will be an exciting year as we continue
to expand our operation, invest in labor-saving equipment and
infrastructure, and expand our winter production.

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Responsibilities:

∑       ProductionóLead and perform field work, including supervision of
staff: planting, cultivation, irrigation, harvesting, packing of crops, and
care of laying hens; assist with mushroom production, equipment
maintenance/repair, capital projects, and care of transitional plot.

∑       Marketing--represent farm at one or more weekly farmers markets or
CSA pick-up site; deliver produce to wholesale customers; contribute to
newsletter, website, and marketing materials.

∑       AdministrationóCollaborate with Farm Manager and owners on
marketing, budgeting, crop rotation planning, crop/variety selection, and
capital project planning; communicate with CSA members; ensure
documentation of work and meeting of organic certification requirements.

∑       Typically the Assistant Farm Managersí responsibilities are matched
with their interests and strengths to the extent possible.

*Estimated Time Allotment:*

Production and on-farm supervision: about 70% of time

Marketing: about 20% of time

Administration: about 10% of time

Qualifications:
Minimum one season of farming experience; experience working with at-risk
young people preferred; some administrative/supervisory experience is
preferred, but not required; very good communication and organizational
skills. Experience operating tractors, walk-behind tillers, and other
machinery a plus. Experience with construction, welding, and animals also
helpful. Must be in good health, able to work in the heat and the cold, and
able to lift 50+ lbs.

Compensation:
Weekly salary: $240; possible free on-site living space, but not
guaranteed; free produce from the farm; $150 towards professional
development; free meals with Our House trainees; transportation
reimbursement; free internet access; access to CRAFT workshops, farm
library and on line resources, $1100 bonus for completing the season.

Please forward resume, cover letter, and three references to Marc Grossman,
at marcgrossman2001@yahoo.com. Position open until filled. Flexible start
date Jan.-March 2014.
-- ****The Farm at Our House* Organic produce & eggs from free-range hens Job training for youth 19715 Zion Rd. Brookeville, MD TheFarmAtOurHouse.com michelle.nowak@gmail.com
724-840-4022